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Trainees must not be afraid to ask for help

Anyone who holds themselves out to be infallible is fallible for precisely that reason, writes Pippa Allsop

7 February 2017

In the space of a week, two junior solicitors have been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Following his training contract with them, Cain and Cochran Solicitors set Paul Gill up as an associate and tasked him with the formulation of a new employment department. Eight out the ten allegations levelled against Gill by the SDT were found to be proven, including falsification of documents and a failure to properly advise clients. The tribunal commented that Gill ‘wanted to progress and enhance his role and did not want to be criticised’ and that he had ‘put on a veneer that everything was alright’. Sound familiar? Only to every trainee or newly qualified in any law firm – ever.

Crucially, his conduct, though desperate, was dishonest and found to have been ‘deliberate and repeated and continued over a period of time’. He ...

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